Hilda Graham contacted Cotton Town on the 8th June 2004 telling us she had vivid memories of her Darwen childhood asking us if we would like to share them with others.
"My name Is Hilda Graham. I was born in Darwen, Lancashire England on the 24th February, 1926. Both my parents worked in the cotton weaving mills which was the main industry in Lancashire. I attended St Josephs school starting at the age of 3 years.
When the depression came in the early 1930's, most of the mills closed. My family eventually moved to Corby, Northamptonshire, where they were building a big steel works. It was being built by a company from Scotland Stewart's and Lloyds. My father found employment there.
I still call Darwen home and have so many memories most of them happy from my life there, I have visited on my trips back to England and still have freinds there,I now live in Texas with my husband and family who I met during WW2. We have six children, eighteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.I hope to be able to leave them many memories, my grandparents were all dead before I was born and I know so little about them much to my regret."
Hilda writes her stories in order to pass her memories on to her Grandchildren.
Thanks to Hilda for sharing her stories...
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